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Daily writing exercises to unleash your creativity

i Jul 29th No Comments by

Daily writing can focus your mind and unleash your creativity

Looking to focus your mind and expand your creative self? Try some of our favorite writing exercises.

Morning Pages. 

This fabulous exercise, from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, helps clear and focus your mind.

Daily Self-Awareness Journal. 

Keeping a daily journal is a great way to get to know yourself, find clarity and inner guidance. By just taking time out to write every day, like you are talking to an old friend, you will find new perspective on seemingly “big problems,” and you will inevitably heighten your awareness to how you are feeling and what is happening inside of yourself.  If you like, you can pose a theme or question that you would like guidance on, and you’ll be surprised at the information that will come through!  We suggest writing long hand with a real pen and paper for maximum connection and benefits, but typing is ok too.

You’re a Poet! 

From something you’ve written in your journal or morning pages, circle several words or phrases that strike you, say between 5 and 15.  Then write these words either at the top of a blank page, or down the lefthand side.  Challenge yourself to include each of the selected words or phrases in a poem.  You could model your poem in a certain classic structure, or freestyle.  Remember, not all poems have set rhyme and rhythm.  But in case you like structure, here are some classic styles.

Art exercises for healing and manifestation

i Jul 1st No Comments by

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Collage your dreams and goals.  When we create 3-D art that articulates our goals, it adds power to our intention, as well as helps us to get clear about what it is we would like to attract into our lives.  Here’s one of our favorite Healing House Art Therapy sessions.

  1. Meditate on your goals and dreams.
    Sit comfortably, spend a few minutes focusing on your breath, gradually making the breath longer and slower and deeper.  Bring on hand to your heart, and spend a moment connecting to your heart center.  Then ask your heart what it is you would like to create, achieve or attract.  Listen.
  2. Free write what you find. 
    Maintaining this connection to heart, spend 5-20 minutes free writing about these intentions.  Through this act of articulation, we find new insights and clarity.  When you finish, go back and underline key words and phrases.  Notice what new information has arisen.
  3. Create your vision board/dream collage. 
    Here you’ll need a few materials…such as old magazines, wrapping paper, newspaper, fabric, beads and buttons, and anything else you might like to contribute to your collage.  You’ll also need a big sheet of sturdy paper or cardboard, as well as some glue (Both Elmer’s and hot glue would be great.)  With you vision (goals and dreams) in mind and heart, find pieces to represent it.  As you piece together your collage, notice what sorts of new information and clarity come through.
  4. Perpetuate your vision. 
    By hanging your artwork somewhere that you can see it and think about it regularly, you will continue to send energy to it, bringing in constantly closer to manifesting.  You may like to meditate on it, or share it with others, to help perpetuate it forward.
  5. Give thanks! 
    The keys to manifestation are to create with pure intention (no harm to yourself or others, for the highest good) and to give thanks for already having achieved your goal!

3 easy tips for turning your iPhone into a portable recording studio

i Jun 24th No Comments by

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Recording a hit song to share the world is no longer out of your reach. You can now have a near-professional quality recording from the palm of your hand with your iPhone.

1. Keep your phone close and its microphone closer. The quality of the sound depends on your device’s microphone. The iPhone’s microphone is high quality, but it does work best when it is no further than a foot from the source of sound.

2. There’s an app for that. There are a variety of applications available that can help make the most of your recordings. Four Track, with its four track recorder and the ability to upload from the app to your computer via WiFi, is one that is highly recommended. Experiment with different applications to find one that meets your needs and style.

3. Use your computer to make the most of your recording. Export your recordings from your iPhone to your computer to apply effects and get your song radio-ready for all the world to hear.